About Rakesh M. Amin
Rakesh focuses on FDA, USDA, FTC/Advertising and Proposition 65 compliance, intellectual property protection & enforcement, dispute resolution and litigation. He represents a global client base in the food, beverage, dietary supplement, cosmetic, drug, medical device, pet care, restaurant and fashion industries. His clients include ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, CPG brands, retailers, private equity and corporate law firms, and trade associations focused on health & beauty.
Rakesh understands clients must deploy their time and capital efficiently in creating their high-value assets such as strong advertising messaging, labeling and IP portfolios as well as in dispute resolution and litigation. Therefore the firm continuously strives to demonstrate value beyond the rendering of legal services. The firm’s value-centric strategies include:
-standard lean staffing procedures generally comprised of one of our many distinguished professionals with track records of success teamed with a highly-trained associate and a paralegal;
-providing pricing options beyond hourly for alignment with our clients’ budgetary commitments and preferences;
-utilization of state-of-the-art technology; and
-providing value-enablement continuing legal education, hotlines and part-time secondments (primarily with experienced associates and partners) at reduced cost to assist clients with special projects, leave of absences, and building internal capabilities without the need to hire additional staff.
Rakesh works on:
– Creation of effective and compliant labeling and advertising campaigns;
– Patent, trade secret and trademark protection, monitoring & enforcement;
– Product development and clinical trials;
– Defense against government investigations, white-collar complaints, class actions, Prop 65, National Advertising Division and ADA challenges;
– Patent and trademark infringement, trade secret theft, and disputes related to false advertising, supply-chain, technology/software and commercial breach of contract litigation;
– GMPs, warning letters, 483s and recalls;
– Customs and import issues; and
– Due diligence reviews for buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions and investments.
The firm’s goals are to consistently produce first class results, ensure the highest levels of client satisfaction, and develop long-term, professional relationships.
Rakesh serves on the Board of Naturally Chicago and The Chicago Food Science Foundation/Institute of Food Technology (IFT). The firm is FDA counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and assists The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) with FDA and Advertising-related counseling and amicus briefs. The firm is General Counsel for the following organizations: The International Probiotics Association (IPA);The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED/fish oils); Trust Transparency Center; The Global Prebiotic Association; The Collagen Stewardship Alliance; The CoQ10 Association; The Coconut Coalition of Americas; The Global Curcumin Association; The American Botanical Council; and What’s Up with Supps.
The firm is trademark counsel for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the International Aloe Science Council. The firm also works closely with The Association of Corporate Counsel’s Nutrition Law Symposium, The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), The Independent Beauty Association, The National Animal Supplements Council (NASC), The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, The Southern Cal Dietary Supplement Consortium, Naturally Network and The Climate Collaborative.
Rakesh enjoys spending time playing games, watching movies and traveling with his wife, son and daughter, and all-sports especially boating, basketball, snow-boarding and swimming.
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